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Michigan Medicaid numbers continue to plummet

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The number of Michiganders who lost their Medicaid benefits in the first month of re-enrollment has surpassed 80,000.

Officials say most of those people were dropped because they failed to fill out and return forms that showed their proof of eligibility to continue receiving the coverage. They represent 37% of those who were scheduled to re-enroll in June according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

A statewide review will continue for eleven more months, and Bridge Michigan reports that as many as a million people will be dropped from the program. Three million are currently covered by the Healthy Michigan plan or other other Medicaid programs.

The number of people who have lost their benefits adds to the concerns of health officials and advocates for vulnerable people who may have fallen between the paperwork cracks after the end of the COVID emergency.

 

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